A portrait of a snow leopard (Panthera uncia) at the Rheintal Zoo in Germany. This species of big cat in the genus Panthera is native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. The snow leopard's adaptations for life in a cold, mountainous environment include a stocky body, thick fur, small rounded ears to minimize heat loss, and a short muzzle with unusually large nasal cavities that help the animal breathe the cold, thin air.
Jerboas For their size, these minuscule mammals sure can jump. Jerboas have kangaroo-like legs which allow them to leap distances far exceeding their body lengths, an adaptation that helps them move quickly over the vast, arid deserts that they call home.